Russian Military Advisor Killed in Syria Receives State Award

© REUTERS / Omar SanadikiResidents who said they have received permission from the Syrian government to leave the besieged town wait with their belongings after an aid convoy entered Madaya, Syria, January 14, 2016.
Residents who said they have received permission from the Syrian government to leave the besieged town wait with their belongings after an aid convoy entered Madaya, Syria, January 14, 2016. - Sputnik International
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A Russian military advisor who was killed in Syria has been posthumously awarded a State award, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the ministry, the official was killed after a mortar shelling of the Syrian army’s military garrison by the Islamic State militant group, prohibited in Russia.

"A Russian military advisor in Syria was carrying tasks of helping the Syrian army familiarize itself with the new weapons supplied within the framework of acting intergovernmental contracts on military-technical cooperation," the ministry said.

The Russian Aerospace Defense Forces have been conducting an aerial campaign against the terrorist positions in Syria since September 30, following a request from President Assad.

© Photo : Facebook/ Ministry of Defence of the Russian FederationForeign journalists at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria
Foreign journalists at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria - Sputnik International
Foreign journalists at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria
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